Bulking and cutting are bodybuilding terms that describe the deliberate over-eating and under-eating to increase and decrease body weight with the goal of increasing muscle building ability during the bulking phase. This pattern is widely accept in the body building community as the best long term way to add muscle mass.
Christian Thibaudeau tells the truth about bulking as he tries to answers the question is bulking up to gain muscle a good idea? He puts forward a convincing case for going against the flow and draws the following conclusions:
- Bulking up won’t lead to any more muscle growth than ingesting an ideal amount of nutrients. You can’t force your body to grow muscle by feeding it more and more.
- By bulking up you’re actually reducing the amount of time per year where you can add muscle because you have to diet for a longer period of time to remove the gained fat.
- Bulking up will, over time, improve your body’s capacity to store fat and reduce its capacity to lose it.
The Testosterone Nation regulars lay down 8 training ideas that they think are true, but they can’t prove.
Two in particular got my attention.
In part one,
Christian Thibaudeau really got me thinking about the role that
childhood activity plays on determining our best body parts for muscle
growth later on. When we are young, our play helps us to learn how to
contract our muscles more completely. As a consequence, if we don’t use
particular muscles when we are younger, we never gain the body awareness
that leads to more complete neural firing.
In part two,
Chad Waterbury goes out on a limb and endorses high frequency training
(working a body part more than 4 times a week) as a fantastic way to
increase muscle growth, provided you keep the volume of each workout
I think that the increased frequency would dramatically improve the
neural coordination for activating the muscles; maybe this could make up
for that lethargic childhood?
Here is lesson 6 from the 13 things that Eric Cressey learned in 2006:
You see, goodwill — the willingness to help others — never runs out unless you allow it to by your own ignorance. These guys offered me tremendous information and expected nothing in return, but now that I’m in more of a position to help them out, their goodwill has paid off.